be the envy of somebody/something

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be the envy of (someone or something)

To be a source of interest and jealousy. You guys will be the envy of the neighborhood once your new pool is finished.
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be the envy of somebody/something

be a person or thing that other people admire and that causes feelings of envy: Our new games console was the envy of all the kids in the street.
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It is a borough with many outstanding assets and a quality of life which would be the envy of many parts of Britain, not the least of those is the strong sense of identity and community demonstrated by those I have met on visits.
This was a legitimate election and, in my view, a grand thing - an achievement of process that should be the envy of the world.
Working with Mayor Bloomberg and our New York City partners, we will move quickly and decisively to create a transportation system, that will be the envy of the world.
sponsored company you called attention to is being managed on a basis of sustained yield and production that could be the envy of the southern pine industry and other forest production areas of the nation.
The book aptly points out in the preface that your company may be the envy of its industry, with leading-edge R&D, the most cost-efficient manufacturing, strong customer demand, and an effective sales and marketing force, and yet government policies may slash your sales and take your bottom line from black to red.
Hans Ueli Keller (Huk) has a hands-on track record that would be the envy of any senior executive.
You'll be the envy of your entire dojo (a martial arts studio) and at the same time you'll be helping to change America.